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Gendered Boundaries among Latin American Migrants in Brussels


Inés Pérez ,

CONICET and Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, AR
About Inés
Inés Pérez <> is a post-doctoral scholar at the Argentinean National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), and assistant lecturer in the Universidad de Mar del Plata. Among her latest publications, see ‘Modern Kitchens in the Pampas: Home Mechanization and Housework in Argentina (Argentina), 1940-1970’, Journal of Women’s History 26, 2014; and ‘Entre las normas y sus usos. Servicio doméstico, trabajo, intimidad y justicia en el Consejo de Trabajo Doméstico (Buenos Aires, 1956-1962)’, Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos,
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Christiane Stallaert

University of Antwerp and University of Leuven, BE
About Christiane
Christiane Stallaert <> is Professor of Intercultural Communication, Hispanic Studies and Anthropology at the University of Antwerp and the University of Leuven (Belgium). Among her latest publications are: Translation and Conversion as Interconnected ‘Modes’. A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism in Iberian cultures, in Joan Ramon Resina (Ed.), Iberian Modalities. A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula, Liverpool University Press, 2013, pp. 109-125; and Discursos, políticas y prácticas de convivencia en la Europa del siglo XXI. Una traducción antropológica, Gazeta de Antropología, Universidad de Granada, 2012, 28(3), Article 2.
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Based on ethnographic research conducted in Brussels, this article analyses gender-based constructions in relation to paid domestic work. We focus our attention on Latin American migrants who, unlike migrants from other regions, come from societies where paid domestic work has been the main occupation of women throughout the twentieth century, where it was strongly shaped by a colonial legacy. We identify two main tropes within the discourse of our informants regarding this kind of work: the ‘(gendered) professional’ and the ‘(domestic) worker’. In our analysis, particular attention is given to the participation of men in paid domestic work within the context of migratory experiences.

Resumen: Trabajadores domésticos y fronteras generizadas entre migrantes latinoamericanos en Bruselas

A partir de una investigación etnográfica realizada en Bruselas, este artículo analiza las construcciones de género relacionadas con el trabajo doméstico remunerado. Focalizamos la mirada en migrantes latinoamericanos, quienes, a diferencia de migrantes de otras regiones, provienen de sociedades donde el trabajo doméstico remunerado ha sido la principal ocupación para las mujeres durante el siglo XX, fuertemente marcada por una herencia colonial. Identificamos dos tropos centrales en el discurso de nuestros informantes sobre dicho trabajo, el ‘profesional (generizado)’ y el ‘trabajador (doméstico)’. Merece atención particular en nuestro análisis la participación de los varones en el trabajo doméstico remunerado en el marco de experiencias migratorias.
How to Cite: Pérez, I., & Stallaert, C. (2015). Gendered Boundaries among Latin American Migrants in Brussels. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, (98), 69–86. DOI:
Published on 07 Apr 2015.
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